I want to introduce you to the second emerging writer of the series. Kara Piazza is a wonderful writer whose stories I have had the pleasure of reading first hand. She and I were introduced early on when I first started blogging and we soon found ourselves in a writing group together! She is one intelligent lady who gladly helps and advises me whenever I ask (which is frequently) and I am so grateful for that. I hope that you will download her book and support her in her writing journey!
Why don’t you first tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a mother first and foremost. I have twin fellas. I am an aspiring attorney (I put aspiring because I just passed the bar last summer and I am still looking for someone to pay me to be a lawyer. haha) I am a writer. I have written a novella entitled The Maladroit that I am working on self-publishing. I am also writing a novel series, I have the first book done and I am working on the second. I also just started an event planning company.
It seems that you have been going through a shift of profession. You passed the Bar (congratulations), you have started your own company and you are seeking to publish two works this year. What has driven you to make this change?
The job market is pretty much a bummer right now. I've been looking for work as an attorney and I've never been good at doing nothing. I'm a multi-tasker (I like to joke that I even have my kids two at a time.) so sitting around wasn't cutting it. That's when I decided to write a book. I've always loved writing and I've always wanted to write a book, I've started and stopped a number of times before. It was when I finally got the idea for Seeker Initiative that I was excited enough to give writing a real go. And when I do something, I don't do it half-way. That's when I started doing writer's groups and blogging. I wrote The Maladroit for my blog. As for my event planning company, that's just something to help me make some money while I'm trying to find a job as a "real lawyer." :-)
Did you always possess a passion for writing? When did you have the epiphany that you actually wanted to publish your work?
I've always loved writing. I've written notebooks full of poetry. I've even written and produced a number of full length and short plays. But I've only just recently really pursued publishing a full length novel. I had the idea to publish my work when I first got the idea for The Seeker Initiative. Some people like writing just for themselves and never share their work. I always work better with an audience and I'm a born story-teller. You can ask my friends, they'll all tell you, I love telling stories! So when I got the idea for Seeker Initiative, I knew I would do my best work if I knew there would be an audience to read it some time after I finished it.
If you get employed as a lawyer, will you continue writing and publishing despite doing such demanding work?
I will always write. I'm a creative person and need an outlet. I've always been so jealous of people who could draw or paint or sing. I always wished I could do those things, but I can't. Like, for real. It's bad. But that's what I love about writing, it lets me draw and paint and sing with written words. It's that creative outlet that I so desperately need. So it might take me longer to get more books done, but I will definitely continue writing.
In the future, a device commonly called The Captain is being installed into the brains of every adult on the planet. This device allows the user to create anything with little more than a thought. World hunger has been eradicated and the word war has been forgotten. It seems like the human race has evolved to its highest state. But things are not what they seem. Alitheia Seeker (my main character) knows there is something sinister about her father's disappearance but no one seems to know what happened. Or else if they do, they refuse to talk about it. She sets out to find answers but ends up faced with more questions. She learns that a secret group called The Static are using the Captain devices to control the minds of every adult on the planet. She and her friends must use their unique talents as a team if they want to overthrow this tyrannical group. They join forces with a group of black market traffickers who have been fighting The Static for decades. They must decide whether the traffickers offer a better alternative to the reign of The Static. There's also the beginnings of a love triangle and lifelong friendship will be put to the test because of it.
How did this story come about? How was this idea born?
The story actually evolved as I wrote it. It started as something quite different. I've been a fan of my main character for a while now. That may sound weird but as a writer, I get to have imaginary friends and it's socially acceptable at my age! She has been on my mind for quite some time and the story grew out of who she was and the things that she valued. The best part was, the more I wrote, the more excited I got about writing it. This book really does have a huge piece of me within its pages. I really can't wait to get it published and share it with the general public!
What is your view on Sci-fi and why do you think that it is such a popular genre. Did this influence you to stylise your book in the way it is written?
I think humanity has always been fascinated with the future. Wondering what it will be like and hoping things will be different and/or better. Sci-Fi feeds on that fascination and I think that's why it's such a popular genre. This popularity did not influence me. I've always loved Sci-Fi so I'm not surprised that my story idea ended up being in that genre. But like I said, I was really just writing my main character's story and it just happened to be set in the future and it just happened to center on a scientific device.
Ah, I love this question! I am a huge nerd when it comes to names and themes and deeper meanings. All my central characters have names that mean something in Greek that corresponds to who they are and eventually what they will be "seeking" throughout my series. And it's funny, I actually named one of the antagonists (with a name I just thought was cool) and then when I was looking up the meaning of the name, I found out it had the opposite meaning of one of my central characters. I got so excited, I texted my writing parabatai (for those who don't know what parabatai means, it's from another YA book series by Cassandra Clare and it's basically two warriors that are partners and have each others' backs, it's a really important, lifelong bond) at two in the morning freaking out because I couldn't wait to tell her about it.
For The Captain, that came about because the device has a long scientific name but I wanted a term people in my book would use in their everyday lives. The initials of the device are CPT which naturally turned into Captain. But then when I was writing about the students training to use the Captain device, I wanted to call the training device something a little different. So I called it a "Skipper." I just though it was fun because a Skipper is also a captain but in nautical nuances it's not as official. I love playing with words and having deeper meanings to things, even if I'm the only one who knows about them. :-)
The Static took me a while to come up with. I wanted a term for the group that would be made up of my antagonists, I really liked the connotations of the word "static" I think it fits well because the group lives in the shadows. They work behind the curtain and no one knows who they are. It's kind of like static, it's everywhere but you can't ever pinpoint it so there's really no way to stop it. That gives a really great idea of how my characters view this group that they really want to defeat. How do you stop an enemy that seems to be everywhere, that you can't locate. That's how I landed on that term.
I actually have a lot of words I changed/made up in The Seeker Initiative to help give my novel a futuristic feel to it. I thought it would be fun to have as a bit of inside lexicon for anyone who reads my book. I'm such a fangirl, I love to use the words authors make up when I'm talking to people. (I call people muggles all the time!) I wanted anyone reading my book to have the chance to do the same after reading mine. :-)
How did you go about writing The Seeker Initiative? What was the process you went through to get it to a stage you were happy with?
I started it in October and had about 10,000 words and then finished it when I participated in NANOWRIMO. It took me longer to come up with the concept then it did to actually write it. Then once it was done I went through and did major editing. After the first round of edits, I sent it to my CP/beta readers. When I got their feedback, I did another major round of editing. I let a couple more CPs read it and did yet another round of edits. Even now, I find myself tweaking chapters. I don't think I'll ever feel that it's perfect, and I want an editor to go through it before I publish and do at least one more round of edits. I'm waiting to find a publisher first because they often provide an editor. I'm happy enough with it to query it though.
The Maladroit is about a young, single veterinarian who meets a mysterious man. I know that sounds like the set up for a romance novel, but that's about as romantic as it gets. Haha. My main character is very maladroit (accident prone, clumsy, what have you) and so throughout the story, you will hear about incidents that have happened to her along with accidents/embarrassing things that are happening to her in the present. But the real story starts when the mysterious man drops off his beloved bulldog and then doesn't come back for him.
That's when strange and scary things start happening to my main character and she can't figure out why. It's a quick fun read and I don't want to give too much away but it involves meteors, aliens and Mortimer the bulldog plays an important role. So be sure to look for it when it comes out! You can follow my blog www.thewritingpiazza.com/blog/ and I will be sure to announce when it's available in print and ebook.
Where did the inspiration come from for this? Plus, the name The Maladroit- how did that come into the equation?
Like I mentioned above, I'm a born story teller. I think it's a coping mechanism because most of my stories are about funny/embarrassing things that have happened to me. I was telling someone a story on Instagram once and she was like, "omg you have to write a story about this!" I was also looking for a way to get people to get to know my writing and keep them engaged while we all waited for The Seeker Initiative to be published, so I decided to write a short novel inspired by my own stories. Thus The Maladroit was born! As you now know, I love words. And I came across "maladroit" while researching dialogue for Seeker Initiative (I have a character who has an incredibly high IQ and loves to use big words, it gave me an excuse to use all my favorite big words and learn some new ones lol). And I just knew it was the perfect title for a story about my character Kaly who was a total maladroit! Just a fun fact, each time Kaly has an embarrassing incident or accident, those are all things that have happened to me with maybe one or two exceptions. I lead a very eventful life! :-)
From what I have read of it, you are very good at maintaining the pace of the piece while providing undertones that something may be amiss. How did you establish this in your writing?
Wow, you make me sound like I planned it. haha no, but seriously, I just wrote Maladroit like I was telling a story to my friends. It was a character I could really relate to and it just came out that way. I also was writing a chapter a week and letting my blog followers read it so I liked ending each chapter on a suspenseful note to keep them wanting more. :-)
Thank you for having me! I hope people enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. And as for being excited? You and me both sister!
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